My sister and I were on our way home from a conference in North Carolina yesterday when we got the news that a former member of a group we’re in had committed suicide that morning. Though we were not directly affected, it was a somber trip back, spent contacting our dear friends who were closest to him.
When things like this happen, it’s easy to question as to what could have been done to prevent it from happening. People will always have hidden struggles that we don’t know about, deep hurts and issues that others will rarely see. And as much as we wish to prevent things like this, there are times when we won’t be able to. But what we can do is learn from it and use every second we have with those around us to love and encourage, giving hope and life to the ones who just might need it the most.
“Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have…”
Be on purpose about making the most of the time that you are blessed with, not only for those in your life, but also for yourself. At the end of the day, each one of us is living on borrowed time. And the only time that will ever matter the most is the present.